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Carnival Paradise

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As Carnival Corporation’s flagship brand, Carnival Cruise Lines, founded in 1972, sets the pace as the world’s largest, most popular cruise line (based on carrying about 2.5 million passengers annually). Carnival offers affordable cruise vacations with Fun Ship appeal. Today’s Carnival, a far cry from modest beginnings, defines contemporary cruising with expanded options in dining, children’s programming, spa pampering and shipboard weddings. Carnival’s fleet, composed of six vessel classes, has grown to 20, with more Fun Ships forthcoming, including five on order.

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Eyebrows shot up when Carnival announced its Fantasy-class Paradise would be smoke-free, and skeptics speculated the concept would be deep-sixed in short order or else loosely enforced. Imagine the surprise of the scoflaws who found themselves booted off ship after testing the line’s resolve. In fact, the first ever entirely smoke free cruise ship (not even officers or crew smoke on deck or anywhere else) has met with widespread applause and notable repeat bookings. Décor-wise, Paradise pays tribute to history’s most famous passenger ships with the Café Il de France, the Normandie Lounge, the Queen Mary Lounge, the Rex Dance Club and more.

Fast Facts

Year entering service: 1998
Registry: Panama
Tonnage (GRT): 70,367
Cruising Speed: 21 knots
Capacity: 2,052
Decks: 10
Crew: 920
Officer Nationality: Italian
Cruise / Hotel Staff Nationality: International
Destinations: Eastern/Western Caribbean

About Gratuities
Gratuities are automatically added to Sail & Sign accounts, or can be pre-paid. The total is $9.75 per guest, per day ($5.50 for dining team, 75 cents for bistro service, and $3.50 for cabin services.) Guests can adjust upward/downward at the information desk.

Ship Features

If you're a non-smoker, or want to see what it’s like to have a week’s worth of fun in a smoke-free environment - disco included - Paradise could well be the ship for you.

A total of 1,026 staterooms include 28 Penthouse Suites, 26 Suites, 564 Ocean View Twins, 389 Interior Twins, 19 Interior Upper & Lowers.

Stateroom amenities
All cabins are carpeted with ample drawer and closet space, private facilities (shower, basin and toilet), telephone and color television showing first-run films. 110 A.C. current.

Kid & Teen Stuff
The trailblazing, extensive "Camp Carnival" children's line-up for fun now has a children’s dining program that provides kids with supervised meals with fellow young cruisers in casual poolside venues while parents enjoy a night to themselves.

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Life Aboard

Paradise has a wide range of formal and casual dining options, including elegant main dining rooms, a poolside eatery with breakfast, lunch and dinner alternatives, 24-hour pizza, ice cream and stateroom service. The 650-seat Elation Dining room is forward, while the 658 Destiny Dining Room is aft. The 722-seat Paris Restaurant is in the Lido area. A 24-hour Pizzeria offers oven-fresh pizzas, fresh Caesar salads and garlic rolls. Menus include the Spa Carnival low-fat menu as well as irresistible desserts.

Sports / Health / Fitness
SpaCarnival, staffed with fitness experts, has complete line-up of facials, loofah treatments, massage and more for both men and women. A comprehensive golf program offering professional instruction both aboard ship and during golf excursions is available, as well.

The Normandie main show lounge seats 1,300 for elaborate production numbers, and the Majestic Casino awaits with gaming activity. There is also the Rex Dance Club.

Other Facilities
Paradise Bar in the lobby, the Queen Mary Lounge, and the United States Bar are popular. The Blue Riband library is filled with memorabilia from classic liners. All Carnival vessels offer "resort-style" amenities and facilities, including a health and fitness center, Internet café, an on-board duty free shopping mall, and a video game room. Multiple swimming pools and cascading water slides are also featured.


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